Memorandum of an agreement made this 16th day of November 1859 between J. Patton
Anderson of Florida in his own behalf and in behalf of his wife Etta A. Anderson, and Dr.
Robert Scott of Florida and his wife Mollie K. Scott (the said Etta A. and Mollie K. being
daughters of the late William H. Adair deceased late of Union County Kentucky) of the
one part; and Cromwell Adair of Union County Kentucky of the other part witnesseth;
that whereas the parties aforesaid being the only heirs at law of the said Dr. Wm. H.
Adair deceased, and being desirous of dividing amicably between themselves, into three
equal lots or parcels, or as nearly so as may be practicable, the following slaves to wit,
Emily a woman aged about forty three years, John, a man aged about twenty four years,
Charles a man aged about twenty twe years, Louisa a woman aged about twenty two
years (and her two children both girls aged respectively about two years and about one
week) Sam a boy aged about sixteen years, Ellen a girl aged about fourteen years, Lewis
a boy aged about Eleven years, Murray a boy aged about nine years, Henry a boy aged
about eight years and William a boy aged about six years; and for the purpose of said
division the said parties having called in the Hon. Benjamin P. Cissell, George Houston
and Thomas S. Chapman all of Union County Ky., and good judges of sai-the value of
such property; and they the said Cissell, Houston, and Chapman, having fixed the
following valuation upon said slaves, the said parties do hereby agree to the following
allotment or partition viz. John valued at Thirteen Hundred & fifty dollars; Charles,
valued at Thirteen Hundred dollars and William valued at Six hundred & fifty dollars -
the aggregate value of the three being Three Thousand Three hundred dollars, set apart
and allotted to Cromwell Adair. Louisa and her two children aforesaid valued at
Fourteen hundred dollars; Sam valued at Eleven hundred dollars; and Lewis valued at
Nine hundred dollars in the aggregate Three Thousand and four hundred dollars, set
apart and allotted to Mrs. Etta A. Anderson.
Emily valued at eight hundred dollars; Ellen valued at One thousand dollars;
Murray valued at Eight hundred dollars, and Henry valued at Seven hundred & fifty
dollars; in the aggregate, Three Thousand Three hundred & fifty dollars; set apart and
allotted to Mrs. Mollie K. Scott; By which allotment and partition, the portion falling to
Mrs. Etta A. Anderson is to pay to Cromwell Adair the sum of fifty dollars, in order to
make the three portions exactly equal in value; All of which is hereby agreed to and each
party hereby relinquishes all interest whatever to the other parties respectively which he
has heretofore had in and to such of said slaves as are not embraced in his own portion as
Signed, sealed & a triplicate copy hereof delivered to each of the above heirs this 16th day
of November 1859.
J. Patton Anderson
Etta A. Anderson by J. Patton Anderson her agent & atty.
Robert Scott by J. Patton Anderson his agent & atty.
Mollie K. Scott by J. Patton Anderson her agent & atty.
Transcribed by Christopher A. Baker, University of Florida, 2008.